Real Health Rehab provides Post Operative Therapy At Riverwalk Village CenterImage result for athlete shoulder repair

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The Postoperative Rehabilitation Program at Real Health Rehab located at Riverwalk Village Center is designed for each individual patient. It focuses on matching their particular surgery with the most appropriate rehabilitation treatment program specific to their case. We understand that rehabilitation for your particular surgery is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. For example, we know from experience, that not all knee surgeries or scopes are the same. We know that each surgery needs to be treated differently depending on the specific case. This occasionally includes a specialized treatment plan prior to surgery, which will give your body a head start once you start your recovery.

While carefully following your doctor’s protocol, the experts of Real Health Rehab will create a specific treatment plan to address your particular surgery procedure and give you the best possible outcome. Together, with your surgical and rehabilitation team of healthcare professionals, you will determine short and long-term goals that are optimistic and achievable. Real Health Rehab Physical Therapy’s Postoperative Rehabilitation Program will protect your surgery and work gently and progressively, towards giving you the fastest path to recovery.

At Real Health Rehab, we strive to provide availability of appointments according to your doctor’s orders. Please be sure to call us before your surgery to make sure you get the appointment at the time/date your doctor needs for you. Please be advised, most surgeons frequently request post-op patients to be seen a couple days after surgery to remove bandages.


What is Post-Operative Physical Therapy?

Post-operative physical therapy is usually recommended after an orthopedic surgery, such as operations on the hip, knee, shoulder, wrist, hand, neck, foot, ankle, and spine. Post-operative therapy is used to help facilitate a faster and stronger recovery after these surgeries. Physical therapy can start anywhere from a few hours to a few days after surgery. A patient’s ability to recover motion and strength, and eventually return to their daily activities, majorly depends on their work with post-operative physical therapy. The body will not return to normal motion without specific strengthening and retraining.

How Does Post-Operative Physical Therapy Work?

After a thorough examination and discussion by Dr. Rita, a program will be designed with in collaboration with the patient and surgeon’s specific goals in mind. Goals will be put in place to minimize the adverse effects of surgery such as pain and swelling as well as to restore normal movement, flexibility, and function as quickly as possible.

What’s Involved in Post-Operative Physical Therapy?

Post-operative physical therapy is often divided into three distinct phases. The first phase starts immediately after surgery, when the body part may be immobilized while pain and swelling subside. Afterwards, a series of progressively challenging exercises will be introduced to the patient in order to restore range of motion, stability, and strength. The final goal is to then return the patient to a pre-injury activity level.